Matthew 25:14-15 - Again, it (the kingdom of God) will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.
Jesus tells us this story of the ‘talents’ as a comparison to the kingdom of heaven. It gives a vivid picture of what God is like to His servants (you & me). We can learn a valuable lesson from this story that we can apply in our daily lives.
All of us want to succeed and do well, both in our personal lives and our professional lives. At home we want to have great relationships with our family and at work we would like to excel and be entrusted with a lot and reap the benefits of it.
As we look at this story we see a boss and three workers. Now, the boss does not see the workers equally, because he knows them. He knows their work ethics, their abilities and their skill levels. As he gets ready to leave he realizes that he needs someone to look after his work and make sure it gets done. He calls together three of his workers to take care of his affairs.
First we must realize that before this time the employer was handling all of his assets, now he is going to divide them among three people. He does not do so evenly, though; he looks at the abilities of the men and gives them each according to his ability.
Here is the point I am trying to make. If you want to gain more responsibility you must improve your ability. When opportunity comes, if your ability does not match the guy next to you, don’t expect to receive the same amount of responsibility as he does. Increase your ability and people will entrust you with more.